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5mm LLL nodule

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Had CT abd 12/2009 for Left flank pain, normal abd CT except LLL 5 mm noncalcified nodule. Dedicated lung CT 3/2010 same report. recommend repeat Chest CT in 4 months. HX mother died with lung adenocarcinoma, I SMOKED 1PPD X 10 YEARS, stopped 20 years ago. Why not resect and get rid of nodule before it explodes!
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replied March 6th, 2010
The majority of "solitary pulmonary nodules" detected on routine screening x-rays will turn out to be benign. Therefore, if you surgically removed all such nodules in every patient, the vast majority of patients would incur all of the risk of such surgery, and no benefit.

If this nodule is shown to be enlarging by serial x-ray exams, then either a needle biopsy or removal of the mass should be consideered.


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replied March 7th, 2010
Thanks, it is just worrisome to wait.
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